Ben Affleck attached to direct Harlan Coben's 'Tell No One'


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EW has confirmed that Ben Affleck has been attached to direct a big-screen adaptation of Harlan Coben’s mystery novel Tell No One. The rights to the book were optioned by Warner Bros. and Univeral, who will split domestic and international distribution duties.

Coben’s page-turner about a doctor who becomes a murder suspect after his wife vanishes was previously made into a 2006 French thriller directed by Guillaume Canet and starring Francois Cluzet and Kristin Scott Thomas. The news, which was first reported by Deadline, signals that Affleck is not only eager to get back to directing following his 2010 hit The Town, but also that he plans to stay there for the immediate future. Before tackling the Coben project, Affleck has committed to directing Argo — a political thriller about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. According to Deadline, the script for Tell No One will be written by Chris Terrio, who also penned Argo.

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  • Laura

    I’m disappointed that they’re remaking the original… it’s a fantastic movie!

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    • AB

      They aren’t remaking the original. Affleck is directing an adaptation of a book, a very good book by an awesome writer. Which was just what the first filmmakers did.

  • Tammy

    Glad somebody remembered the French movie. It was a book first, though. I always thought it was weird that France made a movie out of Harlan’s book and no American film did it first.

  • John

    The French movie changed the ending, which was the best part of the book. No good.

    • Melinda

      I was so excited to see a movie adaptation but, yep, so bummed about the ending. The ending of the book made me re-read the book from start to finish to figure out what I’d missed!!

  • Henri M.

    Personally, I think Ben Affleck on his way of becoming the new Clint Eastwood. This is exactly how Eastwood started off his directing career.

    • Sally

      totally agree

  • Jose

    I guess people should be happy with this adaption, since it was an american book first.

    I loved the french movie though, looking forward to this.

  • IM1LuckyWoman

    I’m a huge Coben fan and was wondering why the only movie made from his books was this…in French. Wasn’t sure if I should rent it but now I will. Thanks for the mini-reviews. I’m sure I’ll watch the American version too.

  • Helena

    I’m so excited Coben’s books are FINALLY being made into movies. I’m just as happy Affleck took the project on. If anyone can keep the movie close to the book, it’s Affleck or Eastwood. Fantastic news!!!

  • Jeff

    Why would someone be disappointed that they are remaking a movie? The first one’s brilliance won’t be diminished by the second one. Maybe the American version will be solid and open Harlan up to a broader audience?

  • Sharon

    didn’t affleck direct ‘gone, baby, gone?

    • Pisces228

      Yes. Great movie. The ending gave my husband and I great moral material to debate. Left an impression, which is the sign the director did it right.

  • David Kessler

    As a big Harlan Coben fan, I am delighted (even if I did irritate him with some of my comments about CAUGHT).

  • Toni

    At last……I am huge HC fan and inhale his books whenever they come out. Wish someone would do something with the Myron series. I think that Kristen Johnson would make a great “Big Cindy” and Kevin Bacon would be pretty cool as Wyn.

    • Mr T

      I always saw James Spader as Wyn and John Cusack as Myron – but I like the idea of Bacon as Wyn too. He’d be excellent in that role. (Realistically, all of these people are now too old for the parts anyway, so you’d have cast younger actors like, say, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner.)

      • TRut

        Jeremy Renner is not pretty (Coben’s word) enough to play Wynn. I was thinking Paul Bettany. John Cusack is too short as well they will need someone taller. I like the idea of Bradley Cooper.

      • Louise

        I started reading Harlan Coben many years ago and always pictured Wyn as James Spader circa Less Than Zero (1987). He would have been perfect back in the day. I never seemed to find the right actor for Myron…they just weren’t tall enough. Cusack might have worked if you cast all the parts with shorter people because he is considerably taller than Spader. All of this is wishful thinking because these fellows are now too old to do the parts…what a pity.

  • Pisces228

    I’m very excited to watch anything new directed by Ben Affleck. He has done a phenomenal job behind the camera thus far. The Town is one of my favorite movies!

  • Lingo

    Haven’t read the book, but man, the French version was amazing.

  • Toni

    I wish Ben would develop and direct some of the Vince Flynn novels. I think he would do a great job on them !! I have been impressed by his direction on both “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town”. Looking forward to this movie as well !!

    • Dan

      Ben is a talented director. I LOVE the Vince Flynn idea. That is a great series. And, I ADORE “Tell No One” – Coben is a fantastic suspense writer. Anyone read “The Bricklayer” by Noah Boyd. What a great read, with great adaptation potential if done right.

  • Tom

    Personally I hope he sets it in Boston

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